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Autumn 12: Acorns

Autumn 12: Acorns

by The Artist on October 8, 2012

From tiny acorns, mighty oaks grow.

If you’re lucky enough to live near oak trees this time of year, you’re probably blessed with a plethora of acorns right about now.  Tiny seeds in little hats litter yards, sidewalks, and streets.

It’s amazing to think that from that little tiny thing, giant trees are born.  (Plus, they’re just interesting to look at, aren’t they?)

Today, your entry is two-fold:

Draw some acorns.  Either from a life reference or a photo (if you have no oaks nearby).  Focus on the details and what makes each of these tiny seeds interesting.  It’s such a simple shape that even people who think they can’t draw…can draw them. :)

Then, think about the big things that you can plant.

What seeds can you plant this fall that can grow huge and strong if you let them?

Since I had one of those short pages to contend with, I used it to make a minibook to hold all the “seeds” I’d like to plant someday.  (Not shown filled, here, but every inch of that paper is covered with writing now.)

Technique:

I cut a piece of regular ol’ packing paper (not the tissue, but the slightly thicker newsprint that things sometimes arrived packed in) to a width just slightly smaller than the short page. I sprayed it with two kinds of spray ink (dyelusions and the ranger spray ink, for the record), and then folded it in half to smoosh the two colors together.

Once it was dry, I folded it in half, and then in fourths the long way, and used gel medium to coat the back-side of the short page.  I stuck down the wrong side of the paper, tucked the “spine” edge of the inked paper in the crease, and then gel-mediumed the opposite back-side to the next page.  (Which sounds unnecessarily complicated — it’s really pretty simple when you try it.)  I liked that it didn’t go down smooth — the bumps and bubbles and creases looked a lot like the skin of a leaf to me.  Also, since the spray inks are water-soluble, the gel medium picked up some of the fugitive color and gave a glaze-like look to the rest of the page, which held it all together, color-wise.

Finally, I had one acorn drawing left, so I used a piece of raffia, stapled to the top of the page, to make a kind of bookmark for the minibook, like so:

If you’re not into the whole grungy thing (personally, I like it when things look cobbled together in an art journal, rather than “finished” or polished, but that’s just my preference.), you could sandwich the raffia between two layers of paper (your drawing and a backing), and avoid the staples altogether.

It’s kind of fun, and adds movement and interactive bits to your page.

So think about it today:  What would you like to grow in your life?

What acorns can you plant right now that will, in time, grow into mighty oaks?

Autumn’s the perfect time for planting.

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